Refracted Input

Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Joy Wattawa (2008) ‘Can Academic Blogging Advance Wisdom Research? Defining Wisdom project.

My rating: ***

I have just found another useful article on the benefits of academic blogging. From the references it appears to have been written this year (2008). In case you were wondering, given this is my second post on academic blogging, I wouldn’t really classify my own blog as ‘academic’ in the strict sense of the word. It’s more of a hybrid exercise. The advent of the web has been fantastic for allowing this kind of hybridity which has wasted no time in proliferating. It is something I have also played with on my pseudonymous Christopher Walken site – which floats somewhere between a fan site and a cultural studies site.

There are some really useful references attached to Wattawa’s article which further elaborate on how blogging is viewed within the academic community. The academy is a conservative institution and strictly polices both what is regarded as suitable subject matter for research and the forms in which that research is disseminated. Blogging is widely regarded with deep suspicion, although it has its advocates as well. Earlier in this blog I mentioned Malcolm Gladwell’s notion of ‘tipping point’. Academic blogging has a long way to go before it reaches this point of viral explosion, even if very recently, there has been some cautious progress towards a more positive point of view on this front.

Of particular interest is the Academic Blog Portal, a wiki which indexes academic blogs.

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